Our office provides 24-hour emergency care, 7 days a week. Though we prefer seeing your child during regular office hours when our staff can assist us, if an emergency occurs after hours, don’t hesitate to call our office as we’re always happy to help. In case of emergencies, we will take care of your child!
Begin by cleaning around the sore tooth meticulously. Using warm salt water, rinse the mouth to displace any food trapped between teeth. UNDER NO CIRCUMSTANCES should you use aspirin on the aching tooth or on the gum. In the event of facial swelling, apply a cold compress to the area. For temporary pain relief, ibuprofen is recommended. Call our office as soon as possible.
Cut or Bitten Tongue, Lip, or Cheek
Apply cold compress to any bruised or swollen areas. For bleeding, apply consistent, firm (but gentle) pressure with sterile gauze or a clean cloth. If the bleeding does not stop with pressure or continues after 15 minutes, go to an emergency room.
Rinse the area with warm water. Put a cold compress over the facial area of the injury. Recover any broken tooth fragments and place in milk or water. Make sure to brush the gums gently and thoroughly in the area to prevent plaque buildup. Call our office right away.
Knocked Out Baby Tooth
The baby tooth should not be replanted because of risk of subsequent damage to the developing permanent tooth. Place firm continuous pressure to stop any bleeding. Acetaminophen is recommended for pain.
Knocked Out Permanent Tooth
Recover the tooth, making sure to hold it by the crown (top) and not the root end. Rinse, but do not clean or handle the tooth more than necessary. Reinsert the tooth in the socket and hold it in place using a clean piece of gauze or cloth. If the tooth cannot be reinserted, carry it in a cup containing milk or water. Because time is essential, call us immediately.
Other Emergency Conditions:
Possible Broken Jaw
In the event of jaw injury, tie the mouth closed with a towel, neck-tie, or handkerchief. Go immediately to an emergency room.
Bleeding After a Baby Tooth Falls Out
Fold a piece of gauze and place it (tightly) over the bleeding area. Bite down on the gauze for 15 minutes.
Cold or Canker Sores
Over-the-counter medications will usually provide temporary relief. If sores persist, call us.